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Oct
20
comment What are the rules for changing after swimming in appartment complex pool in US
@User then ask your neighbours :) I'd guess they just walk to and from the pool in their swimwear, with maybe a towel wrapped around them
Oct
20
comment Are women required to wear skirts to get into some tourist sites?
many mosques require women to wear skirts, if they allow women at all.
Oct
20
comment What are the rules for changing after swimming in appartment complex pool in US
those pools are for residents, as a guest of a resident your hosts will know. If you're not there as a guest or a resident, you shouldn't be there.
Oct
17
comment Why are airlines against the transferring of tickets to other persons?
@curiousdannii not very. Airlines do know they're going to have a certain percentage of no-shows, but it's not a very high percentage on most flights. There's some flights with many no-shows, and on those they sometimes go overboard on the overselling. Flights like CUR-AMS where every flight tends to get several dozen drugs couriers either getting cold feet and never showing at the airport or caught trying to get through customs and be arrested. On such flights they safely sell more than one or two more seats than there are available positions.
Oct
17
comment Why are airlines against the transferring of tickets to other persons?
@ShivanDragon and concert tickets ever more are set to name as well, precisely to prevent speculators from buying them all up 2 minutes after sales start and then reselling them on eBay for 10-100 times the list price, which is exactly what speculators have been doing.
Oct
17
comment Why are plane tickets more expensive if they don't include a weekend?
and there's supply and demand. The route on a tuesday may be easy to fill at 200 Euro per seat while the same route on a sunday may be hard to fill at 150...
Oct
17
comment Must drivers stop at zebra crossings / crosswalks in Michigan?
@gnasher729 no doubt depends on the situation. Deliberately driving into someone would be assault no doubt, manslaughter or murder if the victim died. Accidentally? Hopefully not. Though in the Netherlands the law was so irate that drivers were held responsible for a while for drunken pedestrians walking into their parked cars and getting injured as a result, that law's now been changed (the law here used to not consider whether the car was moving or even occupied when considering guilt in case of accidents involving cyclists or pedestrians).
Oct
17
comment Must drivers stop at zebra crossings / crosswalks in Michigan?
@O.R.Mapper begs the question whether the striping and signage would count as the crossing being "signalized" (what a weird word).
Oct
17
comment OV-chipkaart or GVB day pass for within Amsterdam travel?
@BurhanKhalid and to confuse matters further (for the foreigner especially) there are other bus companies operating between the city and the airport as well. The bus line I mentioned in my comment for example is run by Connexxion, a nationally operating bus company.
Oct
17
comment Is a good idea to go to the airport and ask for the next cheap flight to anywhere?
and of course that business person knows exactly where he's going, and won't just ask for the next flight out, whereever it may go...
Oct
16
comment OV-chipkaart or GVB day pass for within Amsterdam travel?
@BurhanKhalid GVB service starts 1 train stop away from Amsterdam (though most people take the train all the way to the city center, it's faster and more convenient). They USED TO sell combined tickets, but no more. There is bus service: bus197.nl but it requires a separate ticket as well (which can be purchased from the driver).
Oct
16
comment Laptop w/o battery US bound flight?
@pnuts that was regarding having several uncharged loose batteries. Theoretically they could confiscate the uncharged batteries as potential bombs, because you wouldn't be able to demonstrate that they're really batteries.
Oct
15
comment What are the potential hazards of my passport or visa number being made public?
combined with some good forgery skills (or a supply of blank passports, say stolen from a printer or warehouse), it would make it a lot easier to create a fake passport. No more need to risk having a passport rejected because the number comes up as a fake.
Oct
15
comment What are the potential hazards of my passport or visa number being made public?
which happen to be many of the same people who get to know your credit card number...
Oct
14
comment Why do airplanes at every airport disembark at the left (port) side?
@NateEldredge indeed. If you look at older aircraft in fact, most have no doors on the right at all except maybe crew access hatches.
Oct
9
comment Can US cards be used in countries with chip-and-pin systems?
@Relaxed yah, the two are pretty fully integrated, and of course on the same card
Oct
9
comment Can US cards be used in countries with chip-and-pin systems?
@Relaxed that doesn't tell the entire story. The Dutch system started as a sort of prepaid system where you'd deposit money on the card using the chip, which could then be used to pay at places where there was no connection to use the card proper (think early portable terminals). This system entered testing in 1995-6 and was introduced nationwide around 1997-8. It was later integrated with the EU wide chip based system and will be phased out by the end of 2014.
Oct
9
comment Can US cards be used in countries with chip-and-pin systems?
AFAIK the Netherlands were earlier than France, but their system was different from the French system which eventually became the EU wide standard (and has since been retrofitted into Dutch machines and cards).
Oct
9
comment My friend used his friend's credit card for flight
and of course bookings made by a company for employees on business travel... I've been gifted tickets to visit friends abroad at times. NEVER have I had to show any credit card, or indeed any financial documents whatsoever, in decades of flying, at checkin or boarding. I've once I think been asked to show the money I had with me at customs as it was a big wad, someone thought it might be too much foreign currency. But it wasn't, millions of Turkish Lira end up being a large wad of money with no real value...
Oct
8
comment How to deal with the fake police scam in Spain?
@AdriC.S. above the law, or simply not familiar with current law? I've heard more than a few stories of people arrested for things that used to be crimes decades ago, only to be released later.